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As you may have seen the IPCC released a report, summing up work from over 14,000 research papers on our changing climate, with one conclusion - we need to act now. On The Feed this week we unpack the key findings from the report and help you to reduce your personal emissions.
What is the report?
The report, authored by 234 scientists in 66 countries, found “it is more likely than not” that the world will reach 1.5C sometime over the next 20 years among other crucial findings. Their report is the first major review of the science of climate change since 2013. Its release comes less than three months before a key climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26, making it pivotal in the future of tackling climate change.
"The alarm bells are deafening & the evidence is irrefutable." -UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
- Global surface temperature was 1.09C higher in the decade between 2011-2020 than between 1850-1900
- The past five years have been the hottest on record since 1850
- The recent rate of sea level rise has nearly tripled compared with 1901-1971
- Human influence is the main driver of the global retreat of glaciers since the 1990s and the decrease in Arctic sea-ice
- Hot extremes including heat waves have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s
What can we do?
We now have the science and while the future projections of warming are clearer than ever in this report, and many impacts simply cannot be avoided, we now need to ask ourselves what we can do to reduce our personal emissions. At TYME our aim is to aid you in reducing your emissions by making the choice to eat a low impact plant-based diet as easy as possible.
Our mission has been and always will be to support your body with accessible & balanced food while actively reducing your impact on the planet.
One of the simplest ways of reducing your personal emissions is to reduce your meat and dairy intake. Meat and dairy production accounts for about 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reaching net zero will involve reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. Farmed animals produce methane, and other sources of emissions including fertiliser used to promote grass growth and the destruction of forests to create more grazing land all of which greatly affects the health of our planet.
Other factors to consider include reducing your home energy use or opting for a greener provider. Reuse, reduce and recycle in your everyday life, including actively reducing your food waste. Consider transportation choices, flights account for 7 per cent of emission in the UK and reducing your car use will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions but reduce air pollution.
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